by Lisa McRitchie on 12/28/11 at 04:30 PM ET
It has been over a year since Ryan Whitney’s ankle surgery, but the Oilers defenceman is still not completely recovered. Whitney suffered a broken ankle in a game on December 28th, 2010. After a successful surgery to repair the ankle, and a very long offseason Whitney returned to the Oilers lineup but he hasn’t looked like himself. Yesterday, Whitney spoke to the Edmonton media about his ankle and the pain that he still feels. The current diagnosis is tendinitis and the prescription is time.
Robin Brownlee of Oilers Nation this morning has posted an extremely informative update on Whitney’s injury, play and recovery.
In Whitney’s words:
I had an MRI and the surgery looks good, but my ankle is just so weak right now. So, because of that, it’s pretty unstable. It’s tough to skate. It’s pronating in (rolling inward on the arch of the foot) is the problem.
“Until it strengthens, which, really, I don’t know when that will be, they (doctors) think it will definitely happen, so that’s a good sign. Until that really stops, my foot will always fall in and that puts pressure on that tendon, the post-tib tendon (posterior tibial tendon).
“That causes tendinitis after pressure is being put on it so often skating. The unfortunate thing for me is I haven’t been able to skate yet. I don’t feel right out there, you know? At the same time, I’m still playing on a foot, or little more than a foot.
You can read the rest of the article here.
Whitney is clearly the most distraught over the situation, and unfortunately beating himself up over his injury and his lack of balance may only make things worse. Of course it would be impossible for Whitney to put the injury or his team’s current position in the standings in the back of his mind.
When Whitney was traded to the Oilers on trade deadlne day of 2010, it was a very dark time for the team. They were months away from their first 30th place finish and Whitney would need a foot surgery even then. The surgery was not related to the subsequent ankle injury. Although his time with the Oilers may not have been the highlight of his career, Whitney’s talent, skills and his veteran status makes him an important part of this Oilers team. With this update at least fans can understand better why Whitney has looked slower than usual; he’s in pain.
Whitney will travel with the team but with his injury and Alex Plante recovering from a concussion, the team has had to callup another defenceman. This time is was Colten Teubert who has once more received the call from Oklahoma City. In Teubert’s 17 games the Barons this season, Teubert has 2 goals, 4 assists and 22 penalty minutes. Teubert has played 10 games with the Oilers this season. He has 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes.
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